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With warm weather continuing over the coming weeks, a leading breakdown service is taking the opportunity to remind motorists to cool down with non-alcoholic drinks and offers some timely advice on avoiding the attentions of the police.

Green Flag’s advice comes as the government currently runs a campaign to crack down on summer drinkers and remind motorists that it takes less than they think to become a drink-driver. Government figures show some 560 people were killed in crashes caused by drivers who were over the limit in 2003 alone.*

Spokesperson for Green Flag, Melanie Denny, said: “Despite repeated campaigns, drinking and driving is on the increase, particularly among young men. We are reminding drivers that drink-driving is not just a problem at Christmas, it is a year-round concern that also rises during the summer months.”

Currently the legal drink-drive limit is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, but Green Flag warns drivers not to try to calculate how much alcohol they can drink before exceeding this limit, as it depends on many variables including:

· Age
· Weight
· Metabolism
· Sex
· How much food a person has eaten.

Denny continued: “Past research has shown that even small amounts of alcohol can seriously affect a person’s ability to drive safely. The only way to stay safe and avoid accidents is to stick to soft drinks before driving.”

Apart from putting their own and other people’s lives in danger, motorists caught over the legal alcohol limit face losing their licence for a minimum of twelve months, a maximum fine of £5,000 and up to six months in prison. Causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison, a minimum two-year driving ban and passing an extended driving test.

Green Flag offers the following tips to motorists to avoid risking their lives and licences:

· Don’t be tempted to drink any alcohol before driving - even a small amount can impair driving ability
· Avoid driving the morning after a heavy drinking session as it can take a long time for alcohol to leave the blood stream
· Remember alcohol can affect your driving ability even if you can’t feel the effects
· If you know you are likely to be drinking, take public transport, call a cab or get a lift from someone you know is not going to be drinking alcohol.

Green Flag Motoring Assistance provides roadside rescue and recovery services to almost five million customers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The company supports road safety charity Brake and is sponsors Road Safety Week for the fifth year running this November. For more advice on safe driving visit


Notes to editors
*Department for Transport 2003.
Green Flag’s incident management centre in Leeds handles around 1m calls each year.
Customers have access to a national network of independent recovery agents and 6,000 qualified technicians.
More than 90 per cent get assistance within the hour.

Press calls
For further information contact Nigel Charlesworth or Melanie Denny at Green Flag on 0113 399 1427/1387 (out of hours 07711 964 615).

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